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Did you know that a root canal is technically just a different name for the nerve (also called pulp) in the center of a tooth? Or that root canal therapy is simply removing that pulp if it is damaged or infected, then sealing your tooth again? While root canal therapy is dreaded, it is also very important to prevent the spread of infection. But how can you know if you need root canal therapy? Granted, a dentist will be able to give you a precise answer, but we’re happy to offer a few signs you should watch for.

One sin you can look for is swelling—whether it be on your neck, your gums, or on the outside of your smile. Another thing to look for is a pimple near the gum line that refuses to fade. These pimples are another sign of swelling. Typically, they are filled with pus and can be painful.

As a general rule, if you have a toothache you should call a dentist. If you have intense pain that refuses to subside, you may need root canal therapy. This is especially true if you experience pain or sensitivity to temperature while you’re chewing.

Finally, if one or more of your teeth start to take on a different shade, there may be a problem with your pulp. Because the outer layer of your teeth is transparent, if you pulp becomes infected it can be visible on your smile.

If you are interested in learning more about common signs of a root canal problem, please feel free to contact us. We are excited to hear from you soon.